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94 pts
2019 Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2019 Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscana IGT

Black currants, plum skins, toasted spices, cedar and nut shell on the nose. Full and layered with firm tannins and a rich dark fruit character. Mineral too, with notes of sea shell and crushed stones. Vivid acidity. Long and linear finish.

Date posted: September 19, 2023
95 pts
2018 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2018 Excelsus Toscana IGT

The aromas of redcurrants, raspberries and orange are so attractive and flow out to a full body with integrated tannins that are creamy and fine. So delicious to drink now, but better after 2024.

Date posted: September 30, 2022
93 pts
2018 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2018 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

This solidly built red is hallmarked by black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit. Richly textured and balanced, revealing iron, tobacco and spice notes as this unravels through the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2023-2033-B.S.

Date posted: June 17, 2022
90 pts
2017 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Boasting black cherry, blackberry, tar, rosemary and eucalyptus flavors, this red is rich and dense, with dusty tannins and vibrant acidity driving the lingering finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.

Date posted: May 23, 2022
93 pts
2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Aromas of black cherries, berries and sandalwood. Floral. Medium to full body with firm and polished tannins that are still chewy. But with some time, they will soften and come together. This shows a surprising amount of freshness and firmness for the vintage. Drink after 2023.

Date posted: January 7, 2022
93 pts
2016 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 Excelsus Toscana IGT

A juicy, fruity red with berry, chocolate and spice character. Some currants, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a delicious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now or hold.

Date posted: August 31, 2020
96 pts
2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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96 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Cellar Selection

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red has alluring aromas of botanical herb, woodland berry, blue flower and a whiff of warm spice. Full bodied and loaded with finesse, the smooth, delicious palate doles out juicy raspberry, black cherry jam, tobacco and licorice before a coffee-bean finish. Fresh acidity and a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins provide balance and structure.

Date posted: March 26, 2020
94 pts
2015 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Shy in aroma, this red evokes violet, black currant, blackberry, iron and tobacco flavors. Powerful and brooding, this needs time to reveal the pure fruit and supple texture. Terrific length and vibrant structure. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2033.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark. Drink from 2021.

Date posted: January 30, 2020
94 pts
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark.

Date posted: October 22, 2019
90 pts
2014 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 Excelsus Toscana IGT

A fresh and fruity red with currants and hints of basil character on the nose and palate. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Needs a year or two to come together completely. Drink in 2020.

Date posted: September 13, 2018
90 pts
2014 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2014 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Very Bordeaux-like in aroma and flavor, offering notes of black currant, cedar, cigar box and coffee. Features good acidity and finishes with a light coating of dusty tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2023. 1,600 cases made. –Bs Issue Sep 30, 2018

Date posted: August 1, 2018
94 pts
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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94 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has enticing aromas of black-skinned fruit, fresh violet, espresso and a whiff of cake spice. Smooth and structured, the elegant palate delivers crushed raspberry, cassis, licorice and clove that follow through to the long finish. A backbone of polished fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity give it an age-worthy structure. Drink 2019–2033.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
92 pts
2012 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2012 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Woodsy, spicy notes are the highlights in this compact, muscular red. The density belies the sweet cherry, currant and plum fruit that should emerge with a little more time. Show fine balance and length. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2029. 1,660 cases made.

Date posted: August 15, 2017
92 pts
2010 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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92 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2010 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Showing sweet dried cherry and plum flavors, this is ripe and fluid, accented by leather, tea and spice. Firm, with refined tannins on the finish. This would pair nicely with a boar ragu. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.

Date posted: February 18, 2015
90 pts
2009 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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90 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

Herbal notes of thyme and tomato match up with black cherry and vanilla in this dense red, striking a pleasant balance of dusty tannins, acidity and rich texture. Drink now through 2018. – Bruce Sanderson (10/31/2013)

Date posted: September 26, 2013
93 pts
2009 Excelsus Toscana IGT
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93 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2009 Excelsus Toscana IGT

Aromas and flavors of prunes, fresh herbs and tobacco follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and milk chocolate and fruit aftertaste. Made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold. – JS

Date posted: June 19, 2013
95 pts
2007 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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95 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2007 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

A full and very juicy red, with loads of blackberry, toasty oak and intense coffee character. Very intense. Superb. Best after 2013.

– J.S. (10/31/2010)

Date posted: March 8, 2013
97 pts
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT
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97 pts
Castello Banfi Super Tuscans 2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT

The 2007 ExcelsuS is a gorgeous super Tuscan expression (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) that shows quality and superior fruit on all levels. Castello Banfi has really hit a home run with this vintage. You’ll encounter persuasive aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, curry leaf and deep renderings of exotic spice. The wine’s texture is exceedingly smooth, rich and long lasting. – M.L. (10/1/2011)

Date posted: March 8, 2013
Review product name Reviewer Rating Review text Date posted
2019 Castello Banfi Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 94 pts

Black currants, plum skins, toasted spices, cedar and nut shell on the nose. Full and layered with firm tannins and a rich dark fruit character. Mineral too, with notes of sea shell and crushed stones. Vivid acidity. Long and linear finish.

September 19, 2023
2018 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 95 pts

The aromas of redcurrants, raspberries and orange are so attractive and flow out to a full body with integrated tannins that are creamy and fine. So delicious to drink now, but better after 2024.

September 30, 2022
2018 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 93 pts

This solidly built red is hallmarked by black currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit. Richly textured and balanced, revealing iron, tobacco and spice notes as this unravels through the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2023-2033-B.S.

June 17, 2022
2017 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 90 pts

Boasting black cherry, blackberry, tar, rosemary and eucalyptus flavors, this red is rich and dense, with dusty tannins and vibrant acidity driving the lingering finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2028.

May 23, 2022
2017 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 93 pts

Aromas of black cherries, berries and sandalwood. Floral. Medium to full body with firm and polished tannins that are still chewy. But with some time, they will soften and come together. This shows a surprising amount of freshness and firmness for the vintage. Drink after 2023.

January 7, 2022
2016 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 93 pts

A juicy, fruity red with berry, chocolate and spice character. Some currants, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a delicious finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now or hold.

August 31, 2020
2016 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Enthusiast 96 pts

Cellar Selection

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this red has alluring aromas of botanical herb, woodland berry, blue flower and a whiff of warm spice. Full bodied and loaded with finesse, the smooth, delicious palate doles out juicy raspberry, black cherry jam, tobacco and licorice before a coffee-bean finish. Fresh acidity and a backbone of firm, fine-grained tannins provide balance and structure.

March 26, 2020
2015 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 94 pts

Shy in aroma, this red evokes violet, black currant, blackberry, iron and tobacco flavors. Powerful and brooding, this needs time to reveal the pure fruit and supple texture. Terrific length and vibrant structure. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2033.

January 30, 2020
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 94 pts

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark. Drink from 2021.

January 30, 2020
2015 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 94 pts

Lots of rich and juicy fruit in this with a full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish of currants, cherries and hints of bark.

October 22, 2019
2014 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 90 pts

A fresh and fruity red with currants and hints of basil character on the nose and palate. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Needs a year or two to come together completely. Drink in 2020.

September 13, 2018
2014 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 90 pts

Very Bordeaux-like in aroma and flavor, offering notes of black currant, cedar, cigar box and coffee. Features good acidity and finishes with a light coating of dusty tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2023. 1,600 cases made. –Bs Issue Sep 30, 2018

August 1, 2018
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Enthusiast 94 pts

A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this has enticing aromas of black-skinned fruit, fresh violet, espresso and a whiff of cake spice. Smooth and structured, the elegant palate delivers crushed raspberry, cassis, licorice and clove that follow through to the long finish. A backbone of polished fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity give it an age-worthy structure. Drink 2019–2033.

August 15, 2017
2012 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 92 pts

Woodsy, spicy notes are the highlights in this compact, muscular red. The density belies the sweet cherry, currant and plum fruit that should emerge with a little more time. Show fine balance and length. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2029. 1,660 cases made.

August 15, 2017
2010 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 92 pts

Showing sweet dried cherry and plum flavors, this is ripe and fluid, accented by leather, tea and spice. Firm, with refined tannins on the finish. This would pair nicely with a boar ragu. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now.

February 18, 2015
2009 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 90 pts

Herbal notes of thyme and tomato match up with black cherry and vanilla in this dense red, striking a pleasant balance of dusty tannins, acidity and rich texture. Drink now through 2018. – Bruce Sanderson (10/31/2013)

September 26, 2013
2009 Excelsus Toscana IGT James Suckling 93 pts

Aromas and flavors of prunes, fresh herbs and tobacco follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and milk chocolate and fruit aftertaste. Made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold. – JS

June 19, 2013
2007 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Spectator 95 pts

A full and very juicy red, with loads of blackberry, toasty oak and intense coffee character. Very intense. Superb. Best after 2013.

– J.S. (10/31/2010)

March 8, 2013
2013 ExcelsuS Toscana IGT Wine Enthusiast 97 pts

The 2007 ExcelsuS is a gorgeous super Tuscan expression (with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) that shows quality and superior fruit on all levels. Castello Banfi has really hit a home run with this vintage. You’ll encounter persuasive aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, tobacco, curry leaf and deep renderings of exotic spice. The wine’s texture is exceedingly smooth, rich and long lasting. – M.L. (10/1/2011)

March 8, 2013
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